Logging in Amazon forests with forest certification

Responsible forestry

On the fourth day of the Asia Pacific Forestry Week, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) held a session ‘FSC: It’s Role in the Region and the Global Market-Its Contribution to a Green Economy’, writes Kristen Carusos. …  

11 Nov 2011 | News story
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Landscapes and Livelihoods drawing

Getting the message across

Art is one of the most cross-cultural communications tools, writes Kristen Carusos on day three of Asia-Pacific Forest Week. The day started with a mesmerizing sand painting performance by Zhang Xiaoyu, who drew scenes of natural landscapes by sprinkling and moving sand on a light box with her bare hands. …  

10 Nov 2011 | News story

Transporting timber logged from a forest located on the border with Laos.

Addressing illegal logging

During the ‘New Challenges and New Opportunities towards Green Business’ session, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) described the advantages and incentives for green finance and investment, writes Kristen Carusos from the Asia-Pacific Forest Week. …  

09 Nov 2011 | News story
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Traditional and eco-toilet in Xiaowopu village, Miyun County, Beijing, China

Bringing back to nature: Improving compost toilets in rural China

As part of a pilot project for the Nokia Miyun watershed conservation initiative, we are working with local community in the watershed to improve their sub-watershed health through upgrading their toilets into eco-friendly composting toilets that separates urine and manure for better aerobic composting. This low-cost technology, used in many organic and eco-farms worldwide, significantly reduces pollution from human waste and produces good quality compost for agriculture usage. …   | Chinese

10 Oct 2011 | Article

Flowers of Balochistan

Regional cooperation essential to conserve plant biodiversity in Asia

A new assessment of plant conservation calls for greater regional collaboration in documentation and conservation in Asia. 

29 Sep 2011 | News story

Primary Rainforest in central Reunion island

Leaders define pathway to restoring 150 million hectares of lost forests

A core commitment to restore 150 million hectares of lost forests and degraded lands worldwide by 2020 is launched today at a ministerial conference in Bonn. New analysis by IUCN estimates that restoring 150 million hectares would be worth US$ 85 billion per year to national and global economies. …  

02 Sep 2011 | International news release

Annual report 2010

The nature of progress

How is IUCN helping us move towards a sustainable world? How are we promoting natural solutions to global challenges such as climate change and food security? IUCN’s annual report for 2010 takes a look at activities undertaken, and progress made towards our conservation objectives. …  

01 Sep 2011 | News story

UPU Letter Writing Competition Winners

Young writers' forest letter contest - Barbados and China win!

A Great Oak in Guyana’s Windsor Forest and an observant little tree ‘prepared to care for humanity’ helped 15-year-old Charlée Gittens from Barbados and 13-year-old Wang Sa from China to win gold medals in the Universal Postal Union’s 40th International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People. …  

19 Aug 2011 | News story

Members of the IUCN Council. February 2009.

Call for nominations for Council positions to be elected at 2012 Congress

IUCN’s Members and Commission members are called on to participate in the governance of the Union and contribute to the election process for the next IUCN Council 2012-2016. …   | French | Spanish

12 Aug 2011 | News story

Dave Reynolds

US National Park Service and International Union for the Conservation of Nature Join Efforts to Support Parks and Protected Areas Around the World

The National Park Service (NPS) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have established a partnership to support protected areas and national parks around the world. The first partnership action is the assigning of Mr. David Reynolds, the NPS Northeast Region Chief of Natural Resources and Science, to IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme for three and a half years to manage the organization’s Protected Area Capacity Development Programme. This will include working with other organizations to develop globally recognized professional standards for park rangers, managers and park system executives. …  

11 Aug 2011 | International news release